The Vehicle Research Institute, CENTRO ZARAGOZA, was created as a partnership in 1987, thanks to the initiative of a group of 14 insurance companies operating in the auto insurance sector.
These entities demanded their research centre, and given the strategic situation of Zaragoza, specifically about 300 kilometres from the main Spanish cities, was the reason the first facilities were in the municipality of Pedrola, 34 km. Of Zaragoza, having a plot of 40,772 m 2 with an urbanized area of 16.000m 2.
In 2011 CZ gave a new international impetus, by starting the activities of CZ TURK in Istanbul (Turkey). At present, there are 19 CZ member insurers, which represent approximately 65% of the premiums of the car insurance in Spain and more than 30% in Portugal.
The main objectives of CENTRO ZARAGOZA are:
"Research for the management and control of property damage, as well as for the prevention of personal injury, in the insurance of the automobile, and the promotion of initiatives to improve road safety”. For this CENTRO ZARAGOZA:
• Investigates, experiments and studies the characteristics, methods, and systems of repair of damages of the vehicles that have been presented because of a traffic accident.
• It works actively in R & D projects related to traffic accidents and in the analysis of the behaviour of vehicles and their safety elements, to reduce road accidents and improve road safety.
• It develops the permanent training of professional experts, involved in some way in the examination and repair of damaged vehicles.
• Certifies the quality of parts, workshops, products, and services. • It is the technical link of UNESPA with the State Security Forces (FCSE), in illicit vehicle traffic, to increase the recoverability of substandard and indemnified vehicles from the insurance sector.
• It disseminates the results of its research, through its media, publications, and training activities.
Given the diversity of activities that we develop daily, our field of action is very broad, including the study of cars, motorcycles, and industrial vehicles.
Hence CZs activities are aimed at insurers, car insurance experts, vehicle repair shops, teachers and students of vocational training and engineering, FCSE, among others. CENTRO ZARAGOZA has facilities to develop R & D & I projects and training plans, promoting these activities and transferring knowledge within the automotive sector and road safety. The research facilities of CZ are the following: Testing laboratory: The CZ Test Laboratory, in addition to performing the tests corresponding to the normal development of each of the research projects carried out in the Institute, offers industries, individuals, and institutions the possibility of contracting any of the more than 50 types of Tests, which per regulations (ISO, UNE) can be made with the equipment available in the Laboratory.
Low speed impact pendulum: The impact pendulum is used to calculate the indices of damageability and reparability, by performing RCAR standard shock tests, per the procedure "The Procedure for Conducting a Low Speed 15 Km / h Offset Insurance Crash Test to Determine the Damageability and Repairability of Motor Vehicles ", January 1999 edition or the new September 2006 and compare its classification within the segment to which it belongs. Also, it is used to carry out tests on bumpers and bonnets, mainly, in the process of certification of the bodywork replacement. In-depth investigation of traffic accidents continues to be an important source of information for carrying out R & D & I projects. CZ participates in several research projects, both of national and international nature.
These projects, carried out in collaboration with other research institutes and with prestigious European universities, are aimed at achieving one of the fundamental objectives of Centro Zaragoza: "The promotion of initiatives to improve road safety." At the national level, CZ participates in several projects co-financed by the CDTI, such as the Fénix Project - Research on New Concepts of Safer and Sustainable Roads -, www.proyectofenix.es , in collaboration with the most important asphalt companies in our country; And leads two projects with the support of the Ministry of Science and Innovation: the PRELACE Project - Research on the most effective technologies for the prevention of cervical whipping - and the DENDRA Project - Research for the Development of New Passive Driver Safety Systems.
The research on protective clothing for motorists continues to be open with the MOTOCALZADO project, co-financed by the CDTI, which aims to develop new concepts in protective footwear for motorcycle and moped users.. The objective of this project, co-financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, is the development of advanced integrated bus safety systems, which offer users greater safety and comfort when traveling. Deepens in the investigation of accidents in which buses have been involved.
The objective of this project, co-financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, is the development of advanced integrated bus safety systems, which offer users greater safety and comfort when traveling. Deepens in the investigation of accidents in which buses have been involved. The objective of this project, co-financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, is the development of advanced integrated bus safety systems, which offer users greater safety and comfort when traveling.